Trek through the mountains and the jungle to conquer the majestic Machu Picchu
Visit the ancient lake and coffee farms and get a chance to brew your own coffee
Explore the diverse landscapes
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March to December
SAM TRAVEL PERU
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DAY 1: CUSCO – SORAYPAMPA – APACHETA PASS – SALKANTAY LAKE – HUAYRACMACHAY
On the first day, you’ll be picked up at 4.30am from your hotel, and travel 3 hours in our mini-bus to Soraypampa. Along the way, there are spectacular views of villages, such as Iscuchaca and Limatambo, as well as stunning valleys, and the incredible snow-capped mountain of Salkantay. You’ll have breakfast by the trail head (Soraypampa), whilst enjoying the amazing views of Humantay (5900m) and the Salkantay Mountain (6217m).
After, you’ll start the gradual climb of 570 metres, walking through pristine Andean valley landscapes for about 3.5 hours before arriving at Sorococcha (4,400m/14,517ft) for lunch. Then, you’ll continue walking for one more hour to reach the Apacheta Pass (4,650m/15,367ft). Here, you’ll enjoy the spectacular views of snow-capped mountains such as Salkantay (6,277m/20,717ft), Humantay, and Huayanay, as well as white rivers and small lakes. We’ll do a short hike to see the turquoise Salkantay Lake, a 35-minute round-trip. Finally, you’ll continue walking for 2 hours downhill to the first campsite at Huayracmachay.
Accommodation: Camping facilities
DAY 2: HUAYRACMACHAY – CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA
After an early but delicious breakfast, you’ll descend for 3 hours towards the rural community of Chaullay for lunch. Along the way, you’ll enjoy the lush green valleys and waterfalls. After lunch, you’ll walk for 5 more hours through the beginnings of the Peruvian cloud forest, enjoying a myriad of flora and fauna, including orchids and birds, as well as coffee, cacao and fruit plantations. Finally, you’ll arrive at Lucmabamba where you’ll spend the second night (2,050m/6,767ft).
Depending on the time, you can do an incredible coffee tour at the plantation adjacent to the campsite. You’ll begin by browsing the fields, learning about the different types of beans, and even picking your own beans. There are also several fields of tomatoes and avocados. Here, you’ll gather the vegetables that the chef will use for dinner that night. After picking the coffee beans, you’ll roast and grind them. Finally, you’ll get to brew and drink your own coffee! It’s a truly unique experience.
Accommodation: Camping facilities
Distance: 18km/11 miles
DAY 3: LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES
Today is the most beautiful and relaxing day on our trek. After a delicious breakfast, you’ll walk for 3 hours uphill through the original Inca trail, towards the ruins of Llactapata, located at 2,700m/8,907ft. This is where you’ll enjoy the views of the citadel of Machu Picchu and the surrounding mountains, including Machu Picchu, Huayna Picchu and Salkantay Mountain.
You’ll then head down for 10 minutes, where you’ll have lunch right in front of Machu Picchu. After spending some time here taking in the spectacular landscape, you’ll descend for 2 hours to Hydroelectrica. On the way, you’ll see an amazing waterfall. You’ll then take the train to Aguas Calientes, where the night will be spent in a private hotel.
Distance: 12km/ 7 miles
DAY 4: AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
Leaving the hotel after a very early breakfast, you’ll take the bus up to Machu Picchu. Once inside the citadel, there’ll be a 3-hour guided tour, with plenty of free time for further exploration. After this, you’ll go back to Aguas Calientes, and at approximately 4.22pm you’ll take the return train to Ollantaytambo, with a mini-bus connection to Cusco. Expect to arrive back to your hotel in the evening.
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DAY 1: 4.30AM
CUSCO HOTEL PICK UP
SORAYPAMPA – APACHETA PASS – SALKANTAY LAKE – HUAYRACMACHAY
HUAYRACMACHAY – CHAULLAY – LA PLAYA
LA PLAYA – LLACTAPATA – HYDROELECTRIC - AGUAS CALIENTES
AGUAS CALIENTES – MACHU PICCHU – CUSCO
- Pick up from your hotel on the morning of the trek's departure
- Mini-bus from Cusco to Soraypampa (the starting point of the trek)
- Entry fee to Machu Picchu
- English speaking, experienced professional guide
- Private guided tour of Machu Picchu
- Comfortable tents (sleeping 2 people in a 4 person tent)
- All camping equipment, such as: dining tent, table, chairs, kitchen tent and toilet tent
- Bus ticket from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu
- First aid kit, including emergency oxygen bottle
- Train ticket from Aguas Calientes to Ollantaytambo
- Mini-bus from Ollantaytambo to your hotel in Cusco
- Celebration dinner in Aguas Calientes (tourist restaurant )
- Hotel in Aguas Calientes with private room and bathroom
- Mules and horses (for equipment and personal items) including horsemen - 7 kilos of your personal items such as extra clothes, sleeping bag will be carried by our mules
- Provision of a horse in case of emergency such as illness, to ensure trek can be completed by all participants
- Inflatable mattress
- Boiled water for drinking and washing purposes
- Sleeping bag, adequate for temperature of minus 10°C ($20 for the duration of the trek)
- Breakfast on the first day, lunch and dinner on the last day
- Entrance to Huayna Picchu Mountain
- One-way bus ticket from Machu Picchu back to Aguas Calientes (it can be hiked)
- Extra activities such as zip line and barbecues
- Additional horse for extra personal luggage, in addition to the one for personal item allowance
- Optional upgrade (train and hotel)
- Tips for the cook, horsemen and guide (SAM TRAVEL PERU's staff receive fair and decent payments immediately after they end their trip. However, tips are of great appreciation for them)
- A lightweight, waterproof day pack, with a change of clothes for the whole trek (must not exceed 7 kilos)
- Sleeping bag adequate for temperatures of minus 10°C (available to rent for $20 for the duration of the trek)
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Warm clothes and trekking pants (trousers)
- Layers of clothes, including thermals, for variable temperatures especially at night
- Head torch with spare batteries
- Camera with extra film and batteries
- Sun protection: sunscreen, sunhat, sunglasses
- Woollen socks, gloves, scarf, and woollen hat for cold nights
- Insect repellent
- Extra plastic bags, especially in the wet season
- Waterproof clothing or a rain poncho
- Water bottles and water purifying tablets (optional)
- Personal medical kit with a simple whistle
- Extra money for souvenirs, drinks, tips
- Walking sticks
- Inflatable mattress
- Toilet paper
- Sandals or flip-flops
- Swimming costume
- Original passport and ISIC card if is applicable
No online booking at the moment.
I cannot find my accommodation listed in the operator pick up locations when making my booking. What should I select?
This operator only offers pick-ups from the hotel and hostel accommodation listed, this covers over 90% of the accommodation providers in the area. They do not provide pick-ups or drop-offs at private residences, Airbnbs, bus terminals etc. Select an alternative close by and be ready there for pick-up at the time on your booking confirmation
What is the difference between Salkantay and the Inca Jungle Trek?
Salkantay is full-on trekking, whereas the Inca Jungle mixes trekking, rafting, mountain biking and other activities.
How physically fit do I need to be?
The Salkantay Trek can range in difficulty, however most are classified as a moderate level. The Machu Picchu complex itself is not difficult, and most people do not have any problems.
How do I avoid altitude sickness?
Take Soroche (Diamox) pills, eat small meals, drink coca tea, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol (it’s a dehydrator). The best way to avoid altitude sickness is to acclimatize yourself. The recommended approach for acclimatization is to ascend gradually, spending at least 24 hours at every 2,000ft increase in altitude.
What are the symptoms of altitude sickness?
Common symptoms of altitude sickness (sometimes called acute mountain sickness) can be similar to a bad hangover, and may include headache, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, tiredness, loss of appetite and shortness of breath. A severe headache (that is not relieved by medication), nausea and vomiting, and increasing fatigue or shortness of breath may indicate more serious problems – seek medical attention.
Are there any student discounts?
Yes, there is a student discount. These discounts are only valid if you have an ISIC card and it matches your passport. They are very strict with this. You must bring your original I.D. to enter Machu Picchu.
Where is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is near a town called Aguas Calientes or Machu Picchu Town. From there, it is a 1.5 hour hike up steps, or a 20-minute bus ride to the complex itself.
Where is Huayna (Wayna) Picchu?
Huayna Picchu Mountain is the peak located to the north of Machu Picchu citadel. It is the backdrop to the classic image of Machu Picchu. The peak offers inspiring views of the ruins and 360° views of the area. The climb to the summit takes 45 minutes, it is a challenging trek and is very steep in parts. Limited to 400 a day, tickets must be purchased as a combo ticket at the same time as your entrance to Machu Picchu. This ticket cannot be purchased separately and is always in high demand. It costs approximately $10 extra.
What is Machu Picchu Mountain?
Machu Picchu Mountain is the peak located to the south-west of Machu Picchu citadel. The trek offers unparalleled sights of the ruins and panoramic views of the surrounding scenery. The trek is wide and well-marked. It is a moderate/challenging trek and takes 90 minutes to ascend. Limited to 800 a day, tickets must be purchased as a combo ticket at the same time as your entrance to Machu Picchu. This ticket cannot be purchased separately. It costs around $5 extra.
What are the hours of operation?
The site is open daily from 6am until 5pm. It’s open every day of the year, including public holidays, Christmas and New Year.
Why is the train so expensive?
Peru Rail and Inca Rail are the two operators which have a duopoly on the route, so they can maintain very high prices.
Where can I leave my bags?
You can leave your bags at your Cusco hostel/hotel. Note, if you take the train there are bag restrictions.
Is the bus from Aguas Calientes to Machu Picchu worth it?
The walk up to Machu Picchu can be seen as part of the experience. However, the bus is an option for those who are tired after a long trek, or who just want to save their energy for all the walking at the top.
What kind of weather can we find in Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is at a lower altitude level than Cusco. It contains part of the jungle, and the rains are present during all seasons. During the hottest days, the temperature can reach approximately 26° Celsius (79ºF), and during the cool, early mornings, the temperature can drop to -2° C (-36ºF). The best months to visit Machu Picchu are May and June, since they are the mildest ones.
Will I have problems with altitude sickness on this tour?
Altitude sickness can catch many travellers a little bit off guard. Not everyone gets sick in high altitudes, and it is difficult to predict who is likely to be badly affected by it. For most people, it is nothing more than a headache and a dizzy sensation that diminishes over a short period of time, 1 to 2 days for most people. If you want to limit your chances of getting sick, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, do not fly directly into high altitude - proceed slowly, allowing your body time to acclimatise as you ascend gradually. However, for many that is not possible, so it’s important to drink lots of water, and to slow down! This sounds simple, but both of these things are very important. Your body is struggling because you don’t have enough oxygen, so avoiding any strenuous activity is a good idea. Chew some coca leaves - the native people of South America have been chewing coca for centuries, thanks to its ability to alleviate mild altitude sickness symptoms. Coca leaves can be bought in any supermarket, and even souvenir shops or street stalls. Take altitude sickness pills (Soroche): these are sold over the counter all over Peru and Bolivia, and are just a few dollars. If you are flying straight into altitude over 2500metres without spending any time at an intermediate elevation, and you’re worried about getting sick, you can ask your doctor for more specific and stronger altitude sickness medication in advance. In the rare case that your symptoms are more severe than a headache and mild dizziness, you should descend in altitude and seek medical assistance.